1993 Audi 80 Sport 2.0 from UK and Ireland


Life's too short!


Didn't have it long enough to find out.

General Comments:

I had the misfortune to drive a company '80' along the entire length of the Welsh border a few years ago, and if I hadn't been obligated to return the car, I would have taken the train back.

I found it horrendously uncomfortable, cramped; with a bulletproof, but depressing & dated interior. It was a 2.0sport, but on acceleration the front of the car would rise up like a startled horse (but without any particular urgency), it also cornered like a paving slab.

Unfortunately, being galvanized, they last forever.

After you drive this car, you feel the need to go out & do something life-affirming.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 23rd August, 2002

2nd Aug 2022, 19:18

First negative review I have read about the Audi 80... ever.

Fair enough if you just don't like a car, you don't like it, that's fine. But this car is easily as good or better than some rivals at the time.

Yes they were galvanised - I agree with you here - so rust was rare even at 10 years old or whatever. Something more modern Audi could learn! I had a 2008 Audi A4 that had cosmetic rust at only 7 years old. My Audi 80 at 10 years, had none.

1993 Audi 80 Avant E 2.6 V6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A bad one will clean you out financially, so get rid of it quick


The throttle position sensor failed (causing loss of kickdown).

Heater hose bleeder started leaking and the replacement hose was almost 50 pounds.

Drive shaft came away from front hub, making a very loud clunking noise.

Water leaked into the front footwell.

Rear hatch shut mechanism came loose.

Bad pinking under acceleration, especially when the engine was cold.

Auto box judders when changing down during braking.

Lambda sensor failure.

The horn stopped working as it was full of water!!!

General Comments:

The car was bought with a full Audi main-dealer service history.

Good confidence inspiring anti-lock brakes and handling.

Comfortable seats, but my left leg was hurting for a few days after a 250 mile journey (as it was needed to drive the auto box).

Estate boot not as accommodating as the Ford Escort that replaced it.

Fuel consumption rarely beat 20 miles per gallon. 17 MPG was typical of urban driving.

The car felt very solid and there was only a tiny failure in the galvanising that had caused rust on the tailgate.

When it was working properly the auto box was responsive in both sport and economy mode.

None of the faults (apart from a suspicion of the water leak) I experienced were evident when the car was inspected at purchase.

The dealers couldn't find or fix the pinking problem and the expensive fix they did do (i.e. the lambda sensor) made no difference.

With 150 brake-horse-power and only front wheel drive, this car desperately needed traction control in anything other than dry road conditions.

A non dealer cam-belt change was well over 200 pounds - over 4 hours work (which at 58 pounds an hour at an Audi dealer was out of the question).

Friends and relatives who have also owned Audis and VWs have also found the dealers unhelpful and often cannot fix persistent problems.

Very expensive to insure, at over 800 pounds a year with full no claims and I'm the only driver, 30 years old with a clean license.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th January, 2002

13th Nov 2004, 09:53

Your fuel injection mixture control unit is faulty that's whats causing the pinking. Mine was like that and I ignored it after the timing was checked and found to be OK. The car died.

14th Dec 2004, 13:27

I have a 2.6 manual Audi 80; I agree with most of your comments except for the dealer network and insurance. I am 22, with one years no claims and a clean licence and I only pay £600 per annum. With regard to the dealers, I had a problem with the engine not running properly. They spent two hours looking at it and running computer diagnostics, they charged me nothing. As with most things it must depend on the people working in your local dealer.